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High Intensity CBT Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
St Albans
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary dependent on base
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are pleased to advertise vacancies for qualified High Intensity CBT Therapists (HITs) in our quadrant teams which includes St Albans & Hemel Hempstead; Watford & Borehamwood; Ware, Welwyn & Hatfield; Stevenage and the Digital Team. The role is within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT). The HITs work within the team providing CBT to people experiencing common mental health problems.

Our services focus on delivering high quality therapy, being amongst the highest performers in the region, finishing the year (2020/2021) and preceding years with recovery rates exceeding the national target of 50%. We run innovative groups for our clients such as Perinatal, Older adults and LTCs. We pride ourselves on the support we offer staff & provide an extensive programme of CPD.

The Wellbeing Team was one of the first IAPT services in the UK to achieve accreditation status with the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS). As well as identifying and acknowledging services that have high standards, APPTS, a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement and the British Psychological Society, provides a network through which best practice can be shared. This is a fantastic achievement which provides recognition nationally of the Wellbeing Team as a high quality service. HPFT is also rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, who praised our staff for their motivated and caring approach to their work.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of an Improving Access to PsychologicalTherapies (IAPT) service and will provide high intensity interventions - initially cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The post holder will work with clients who have a range of common mental health problems such as Anxiety and Depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.

All applicants must hold the Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy from a BABCP accredited course. We welcome applications from newly and about to qualify trainees. You must be eligible for BABCP accreditation and willing to attain this if this is not already in place. The service in Hertfordshire consistently achieves excellent outcomes and is looking to recruit people with the required motivation and shared values of the service.

We are able to consider part time, flexible and hybrid working requests.

For all posts, the Trust operates a robust Continuing Professional Development system within a Performance Management framework, including an annual appraisal and CPD review. There may be external training opportunities, which include the following:EMDR, IPT, Counselling for Depression,Couple Therapy for Depression,Behavioural Couples Therapy and DIT.

Some of our quadrants attract payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just fivemental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary:The post holder will be part of an Improving Access to PsychologicalTherapies (IAPT) service and will provide high intensity interventions - initially cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The post holder will work with clients who have a range of common mental health problems such as Anxiety and Depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective. The High Intensity Therapist will take the lead role in providing support, education and problem solving skills to the GPs and primary health care team particularly in the areas of assessment and management of mental health problems.

All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement,Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct andEquality & Diversity.

Job Responsibilities:Professional/Clinical ResponsibilityEnsure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employerand any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (eg BPS, UKCP,BABCP) and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

All high intensity CBT therapists are expected to adhere to BABCP codes of conduct.

Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.

Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of CBT andother agreed psychological therapies.

Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewedwith senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professionaldevelopment.

Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed withManager.

Keep up to date all records in relation to C.P.D. and ensure personaldevelopment plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latesttheoretical and service delivery models/developments.

Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreedobjectives.

Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.

Contribute to the development of best practice within the service.

Maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to Mental Health and Primary Care Services.

All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public.

All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure thatinformation processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.

Training & SupervisionAttend and fulfill all requirements of the IAPT approved supervision training. After completion of supervision training, supervise staff in the service.

Participate actively in regular practice supervision from clinical psychologist / Senior Clinician & Wellbeing Team (IAPT) ManagerAdvisory /LiaisonProvide an advisory service on matters related to the practice and delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to individuals/groups/committees across the Mental Health Trust, Primary Care Trust and other voluntary agencies.

Promote and maintain links with Primary Care & Secondary Care staff to help coordinate the provision of an effective Psychological Therapies Service.Provide a link role with local GP practices and primary health care staff toadvise in the areas of assessment and management of appropriate mentalhealth problems in adults.

Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.

Assess clients for suitability for CBT & other psychological interventions.

Where the problems appear to be too complex or severe to refer to seniorclinician/Wellbeing Team Manager for advice on how to manage the case.

Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service orback to the referral agent as necessary.

Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary,conveying CBT formulations with sensitivity in easily understood language.

Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.

Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.

Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.

Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocolsWork closely with other members of the team in primary and secondary care when appropriate to ensure suitable step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.

Ensure there is effective communication between secondary services andprimary care so that patients do not get lost to the system.

Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into theoverall therapy process .

Support the implementation of a socially inclusive model of mental health care.All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality & Diversity.

We are proudly developing an innovative integrated service, as part of the NHS England Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. Our West Herts sites were early implementers of the pilot, integrating care for people with mental and physical health problems, which has been rolled out across all sites due to its successful outcomes.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Post Graduate Diploma in CBT and eligibility for BABCP accreditation.
  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
  • Full range of skills and competencies as laid out in the competence framework for CBT (Roth & Pilling 2007)
Experience Essential
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in primary care
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Commitment to developing knowledge of local and wider systems and networks
Physical effort Essential
  • Requirement for regular/daily to travel between office base and allocated GP surgeries where service delivered.
  • Requirement to carry laptop/files between office base and surgeries in line with all relevant HPFT policies

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